10 Most Convenient Cities in America
Walk Score: 74.1
Transit Score: 68
Bike Score: N/A
The city's most walkable neighborhoods in Center City, the Old City and along the riverfront near Penn's Landing are some of the easiest to navigate in the country, but in this town they're pretty much the standard. Except for the extreme northeast, southwest and northwest corners of the city, about 95% of the city is accessible easily by means other than a car. Just don't let its sweet transit score convince you that tons of folks actually ride it. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority's bus, subway, light rail and commuter rail services handles more than 300 passengers a year, but that's still less than the ridership of Boston's transit system that covers a city nearly one-third Philadelphia's size and a greater metro area with about 1.5 million fewer people.
Walk Score: 79.2
Transit Score: 74
Bike Score: 68
This city was built on density, mostly because it needed to be. Its first transit was drawn by animals, and putting vast tracts of space between points A and B wouldn't help anyone. Today the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End and Fenway are among the easiest neighborhoods to walk in the country. Boston and surrounding areas such as Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline have also made an effort to improve bike infrastructure by adding bike lanes and racks. Though it's deeply in debt and seems to run solely on local complaints and vitriol, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's subway, bus, light rail and commuter rail system still carries just under 400 million riders a year. That includes 150 million on a subway that's had portions running since 1897, making it the oldest in America.